Argyle Weekly Message Newsletter

September 21st


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Advisory is REQUIRED

This is a reminder to students and families that Advisory is a required course. Advisory takes place during the last period of each day from 2:50 pm to 3:15 pm. Attendance is taken in advisory. It is of utmost importance that students attend in order to nourish their socio-emotional wellness, create consistency & community with an advisor and classmates. Attending ensures students receive important school-wide information and life-skill training. If you have further questions please reach out to your grade level counselor.

MAP Diagnostic Testing at Argyle Magnet

The MAP assessments are being used as fall diagnostics and the data collected will be used to inform the teaching and learning approach during the school year. The results will also be used to identify and deploy supports. It is important to note the value of the MAP diagnostic is to measure students' growth from fall 2019 to fall 2020 (to measure the impact of COVID 19), rather than solely for measuring achievement.

Students will engage in a lesson during Advisory on Tuesday, 9/22 to learn about the importance of trying their very best on the diagnostics. We ask that parents partner with the school in speaking to their students about how important it is that we have accurate information about how students have progressed academically during this time. Please find in the links below, a more detailed explanation of the assessments and ways you can help your child familiarize with the technology.

Parent Explanation Guide MAP (English)

Parent Explanation Guide MAP (Spanish)

Please join us for brief parent meetings on the MAP Assessments this Monday, September 21st at 7:30 (English Speakers) and 8:05 (Spanish Speakers).

Parent Meeting

  • Meeting ID: 928 8449 1086
  • Passcode: ams

MAP Assessment Parent Information Meeting

Monday, Sep. 21st, 7:30pm

This is an online event.

Please join us for brief parent meetings on the MAP Assessments this Monday, September 21st at 7:30 (English Speakers) and 8:05 (Spanish Speakers).

Parent Meeting

  • Meeting ID: 928 8449 1086
  • Passcode: ams

Device and Materials Pick-up Dates

7th & 8th Grade Material Pick-up:

  • Wednesday, September 23 - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

All grade makeup-pick up:

  • Thursday, September 24 - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Be Well 365 Recovery Plan: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Lessons

In compliance with the Maryland State Department of Education Guidance for Phase II fall reopening, MCPS is coordinating concrete steps to address the physical, social, and psychological needs of our students, families, and staff. The goals of the MCPS Be Well 365 Recovery plan are to:

  • Communicate to students, staff members, families, and the community that “MCPS Cares”

  • Reassure students, staff members, families, and the community that each and every person is valued and heard

  • Recognize that many of us have experienced trauma during the COVID-19 school closures; however, within that trauma, we may have experienced it at different levels and to different degrees

  • Support students, staff members, and families in a culturally responsive manner that focuses on equity and anti-racism.

All MCPS schools are implementing a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) psycho-educational lesson during September to affirm students’ competence, sense of self-worth, and feelings of safety. The lesson addresses the challenges students face living through the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic and structural racism. For the next three weeks, during advisory classes teachers will deliver these SEL lessons. By the end of this lesson students will be able to recognize 2-3 common reactions to crisis, identify resources for support, perform a deep breathing exercise for relaxation purposes, and identify and use 2-3 coping strategies. If you have any questions regarding the SEL lessons, please contact the resource counselor, our Restorative Justice Coordinator or the principal, James Allrich

Vaccinations - 7th Grade

The state of Maryland requires that all students in Grade 7 provide documentation that they have received one tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccination (Tdap) and one meningococcal vaccination (MCV) prior to entering Grade 7.Students without the required vaccinations may remain in school for 20 calendar days with proof of an upcoming vaccination appointment. This requirement continues to be enforced for all Montgomery County Public Schools students participating in virtual learning. Sunday, September 20, 2020, is the deadline for providing the required documentation. Your child will not be allowed to return to school, starting Monday, September 21, 2020, until you provide proof that your child has received the necessary vaccinations. The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services also is providing free Tdap and MCV vaccinations to Grade 7 students at the following locations:

More information about Maryland’s immunization requirements can be found on the Maryland Health Department’s website.

Student Government Election & General Member Interest Meeting

The SGA is inviting ALL students to attend it's Election & General Member Interest Meeting, this Wednesday, September 23rd after school starting at 3:30 pm.

Click on the link below for more details:

SGA Elections

Argyle Is a Food Distribution Site!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the waivers that allow school systems to provide free meals to students. MCPS will resume providing free breakfast and lunch to all County children and enrolled MCPS students. A student identification number will not be required; however, names will be taken for each child.

Beginning Friday, September 18th, the Division of Food & Nutrition Services will be distributing breakfast and lunch for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (triple meals). They will also continue to provide double meals on Wednesdays.

Lunch Zooms in the Virtual Media Center

This week there will be Lunch Zooms in the Virtual Media Center from 11:30-12 noon.

  • Monday, September 21 is Bring Your Pet Day and open to all grades and staff members - bring your pet or just see other people's.
  • Tuesday is for all grades with "Beat the Librarian at Kahoot",
  • Thursday is for 6th grade, and Friday is open for everyone and we'll have separate breakout rooms for Spanish, French, and Portuguese speakers.

The zoom link can be found by going to the Argyle MS course, and clicking on the Virtual Media Center on the home page.

For the email and newsletter, please include this:

Click here for the link to the Virtual Media Center in myMCPS and here for the Zoom link.

Attention 8th grade students and families

There will be an important DCC High School Information Session for students and families on Thursday September 24, 2020. Make sure to attend to learn more about the DCC High School Choice Process and each of the 5 DCC High Schools. There will be an English Session at 6PM & Spanish Session at 7PM on the MCPS website,

Please save the date of the upcoming DCC Information Session and DCC Open House dates. The DCC Flyer (English) & DCC Flyer (Spanish) can be found on our website. If you have questions, please contact our 8th-grade counselor, Ms. Tran at

Live Virtual Lesson Absence Form

Parents or guardians should use the live virtual lesson absence form to document excused absences from live virtual lessons. The form must be completed for each day of absence from a live virtual lesson. Please check your email to access the form.

If you have any questions or need to send the school a doctor's note please email Argyle's attendance secretary at

PTSA What's App Discussion Boards

Join by clicking below ...

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Counselors are available to meet with students during their virtual office hours. Just click on the zoom during office hours and they'll be there to chat. If you can't make it to their office hour, but need help you can always email them.

All Counselors are available:

Monday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tuesday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Friday: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

6th Grade Counselor: Ms. Hardy


Virtual Link: Zoom Link Meeting ID: 98859484418 Password: ams (case sensitive)

7th Grade Counselor: Mr. Lilja


Virtual Link: Zoom Link Meeting ID: 3109498714 Password: ams (case sensitive)

8th Grade Counselor: Ms. Tran


Virtual Link: Zoom Link Meeting ID: 94470598938 Password: ams (case sensitive)

ELL/ESOL Counselor: Ms. Judd


Virtual Link: Zoom Link Meeting ID: 93054529038 Password: ams (case sensitive)

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, September 23 - 7th & 8th Grade: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 23 - MAP Test (MAP-R & MAP-M) - 9:00 am
  • Wednesday, September 23 - SGA Interest Meeting: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 24 - Any grade makeup-pick up - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Monday, September, 28 - No school for students and teachers
  • Friday, October 2 - Early release day for students
  • Wednesday, October 7 - MAP Test (MAP-R & MAP-M) - 9:00 am


Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Below are emails and phone numbers for the following departments:

Administration (301) 460-2400

School Principal - Mr. Allrich:

6th Grade Administrator - Mr. Hwang:

7th Grade Administrator - Ms. Sandall:

8th Grade Administrator - Ms. Shorts:

Main Office (301) 460-2400

Attendance Secretary - Ms. Ferreras:

Front Office Secretary - Ms. Jones:

School Financial Specialist - Mr. Magruder:

Administrative Secretary - Ms. Majano:

Counseling Office (301) 460-2410

Counseling Secretary/Registrar - Ms. Pineda:

For academic support please check the link below:

Who’s Who At ARGYLE MS

Argyle Magnet Middle School

Magnet Program for Digital Design and Development